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  From Mrs. Dalloway to To The Lighthouse, Virginia Woolf’s stories of human connection, empathy, and love span immeasurable distances of time, space, and circumstance; in their most resonant moments, her words make the complexities of our individual minds seem a little less isolating. To my utter delight, Brain Pickings’s Maria recently Popova recently offered the internet this glimpse into the emotional and intellectual realm of a ... Read More
  As a child, Souvid Datta visited his grandparents in Kolkata for Christmas. In the midst of a tantrum, he stormed out of the house and wandered into Sonagachi, a red-light district. He saw girls around his age, men with handfuls of money; he made eye contact with a girl wearing pink, green and gold, and then he watched her led away by a much older man. The experience marked Datta, and as an adult, now a documentary photographer, he returned to Kolkata to ... Read More
With Colorado’s legalization of the commercial sale of non-medical marijuana last week, I have personally come to wonder what this might mean for women. Sherrie Silman (who is a totally amazing editorial writer for feminspire.com) wrote an article on why cannabis is a feminist issue, and her thoughts are especially relevant this week. She breaks it down by defining feminism as advocating for equality regardless of gender, sexuality or social location. This ... Read More
  For your consideration: the exquisite Sylvia Plath, aged 20, lounging on the beach, one decade before the publication of The Bell Jar and her tragic death. It’s the summer of 1954, about a year after her first suicide attempt. Hoping to begin again, Plath had dyed her hair and went through six months of intensive care. Referred to by academics as her “platinum summer,” this period in the life of the legendary poet is considered to be one ... Read More
  Girls and kittens... together! Are you kidding me?! Hipster TV fans and cat lovers everywhere, get ready to feast your eyes on the cutest video since Sleepy Kitten. Pretty sure it’s true, and I’m not embarrassed to say it: I think my life is complete. Lena Dunham’s HBO series Girls has been reenacted by cats. Can you handle it? Didn’t think so. The Pet Collective has released this Tuesday’s parody video complete with the ... Read More
  There’s Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Gloria Steinem and Dorothy Pitman Hughes, Catharine MacKinnon and Andrea Dworkin. There’s Debbie Stoller and Laurie Henzel. Add to your list of beautiful female friendships that overcame adversity Ruth and Idgie, named after the protagonists of the film Fried Green Tomatoes. Idgie is a caramel-hued dachshund; Ruth is a golden-eyed kitty.    They have have faced more than their fair ... Read More
The intimate portraits and accompanying interviews below are by Rebecca Swan. They showcase men and women from Nepal and India, relaying their struggles as advocates for LGBTQI rights, their experiences with hatred and violence, and their subsequent perseverance.     Thanks to Feministing and Youth ... Read More
A campaign called Operation LIPSTICK out of Dorchester, MA is calling attention to women's role in illegal gun trade and putting the onus on females to help lessen gun crimes. While most gun crimes are committed by men, women play a large part by purchasing and concealing guns for criminals who can't acquire their own.  LIPSTICK, which is an acronym for "Ladies Involved in Putting a Stop to Inner-City Killings," was founded in 2012 by Nancy Robinson. Robinson ... Read More
  The activists of the global movement V-Day are ringing in the new year by rising against gender-based violence and abuse. About one billion women around the world are raped in their lifetime. On February 14, 2014, the world is invited to share stories of survival and support and cry for justice as part of the One Billion Rising campaign. Each year, one billion men and women will rise and participate in the action.  V-Day calls us to action, stating, ... Read More
  Religious or not, many worship the Christmas tree. Within religious literature and the most personal family traditions, the tree represents birth and death; every winter, we might erect it and toss it aside weeks later, only to have it reborn next year. Sometimes we immortalize real trees with precious ornaments and family photographs that will be framed forever.     For those of us who mourn our trees after they leave our homes is Gergo ... Read More